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Valentines’s Day already! It’s a bit of a weird one this year as no one can go anywhere to celebrate – and no one can get anyone to babysit for a date night at home! It doesn’t mean it can’t be special though – just requires some more creativity and imagination. It is the last Valentine’s Day before Graham and I get married as well, which feels very odd!
If you need inspiration for the loved one in your life this Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas to get you started.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Thes story behind the Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is as romantic as they come:
It began when Paul Jones Jr., the brand’s founder, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. He sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes”, she would wear a corsage of four roses on her gown to an upcoming ball – which she duly did.
And today, roses feature heavily on the bourbon – from the cut glass rose in the centre of the label, to the bottle resembling the shape of a rosebud when held upside down!
It also tastse bloody good, with a dash of cola or over ice – believe me, we have tried it!
Buy it: The Whiskey Exchange £31.95
Mermaid Pink Gin
Mermaid Pink Gin infuses the flavour of fresh Isle of Wight strawberries with the smooth yet complex taste of Mermaid Gin, a blend of lemon zest, grains of paradise and fragrant rock samphire. The latter, foraged from the island’s cliffs, is known locally as ‘Mermaid’s Kiss’, hence the gin’s name!
Now, I was worried about trying this because I generally find pink gin a little too sweet, but this is absolutely perfect. There’s no added sugar, and it is very, very drinkable! I also really love the bottle – it’s very Instagrammable!
Buy it: John Lewis £38
Cranes Cranberry and Blood Orange Liqueur
When it comes to making Valentines cocktails, Cranes cranberry and blood orange liqueur is a must-have. The deep red colour adds romance to all sorts of drinks, from Prosecco to vodka, or simply enjoyed on its own. It’s lush!
Buy it now: Amazon £18.94
It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves stationery – especially when it is as fab as this. From fine brush pens to metallic markers, there are all sorts of stationery for all sorts of craft and writing projects.
Buy it now: Amazon
We are all washing and santising our hands more often than ever, and, combined with the cold, it is leaving hands feeling dry and sore – not very romantic. However, the Sands hand cream feels absolutely lush. It is not greasy or sticky, and leaves hands feeling so lovely and soft.
Buy it now: Seams £14
Sea Arch Non-Alcoholic Distilled Spirit
Fancy the taste of gin but without the alcohol? This non-alcoholic coastal juniper drink tastes as good as any gin, especially combined with the Double Dutch skinny tonic water. The crisp taste is like a bracing walk along the beach – lush!
Buy it now: Sea Arch £19.95
Stainless Steel Bottle
I don’t think you can ever have too many stainless steel bottles, and this one from Nice is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. There are five colours available in the range, and ti comes in a lovely reusable cotton drawstring bag.
Buy it now: Nice for Life £12.50
Clear Confidence Shaving Set
These are ideal for men and women, especially the razor. They are vegan friendly and both of the products are entirely free of plastic.
The razor gives a much closer shave for less irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs and the shaving brush has a bamboo handle which is comfortable to hold and helps with a betetr shave.
Buy it now: Clear Confidence Company from £14.97
Henry Bell Bird Feeding Station
We can’t go anywhere right now, so why not give something that you can enjoy at home? This Henry Bell Four Arm Complete Feeding Station is great for the garden – we have loved sitting watching all the birds come and it’s given us hours of entertainment. It’s well made and easy to set up.
Buy it now: Henry Bell £29.99